Baruch's Fall 2006 Harman
Writer-in-Residence Lecture on Oct. 24

A Reading and Conversation with Susan Choi

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Photo - Susan Choi, Fall 2006 Harman Writer-in-Residence

Novelist Susan Choi, whose work often places fictional protagonists in the midst of historical events, will deliver the Fall 2006 Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 5:45 pm. The discussion, entitled “Tampering With Truth: What Fiction Can Do With Historical Fact”, is free and open to the public and will be held in the Information and Technology Building's Newman Conference Center at 151 East 25th Street.

Choi was born in Indiana to a Korean-American father and a Russian Jewish mother. After her parents divorced, Choi and her mother lived briefly in Japan before moving to Texas, where she grew up. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and a master’s from Cornell.

After writing several short stories and nonfiction pieces, Choi published her first historical novel, The Foreign Student, to critical acclaim. The book was awarded the Asian-American Literary Award and the Steven Turner Award for first fiction in 1999. Her work has focused on issues of identity in the aftermath of major incidents in American history, including the Korean War and post-Vietnam 1960s America. Her most recent novel, American Woman, is a fictionalized account of the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst.

Choi is currently teaching a fiction workshop (English 3610/3610H) as part of her residency at Baruch. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children. The Harman Writer-in-Residence lecture is co-sponsored by the Great Works Program and Poets & Writers magazine.